Omar Cisneros

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Omar Cisneros
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Personal information
Full nameOmar Cisneros Bonora
Born (1989-11-19) November 19, 1989 (age 28)
Nuevitas, Camagüey
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Country Cuba
Event(s)4 × 400m Relay
Updated on 21 December 2014.

Omar Cisneros Bonora (born 19 November 1989) is a Cuban track and field athlete who competes in the 400 metres hurdles. He is the Cuban national record holder for the event with his personal best of 47.99 seconds. He won gold medals in the hurdles and 4×400 metres relay at the Pan American Games in 2011.

Cisneros represented Cuba at the 2008 Summer Olympics at the age of eighteen and competed at the World Championships in Athletics in 2009 and 2011, and the 2012 Summer Olympics. He has also won gold medals with the Cuban relay team at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics.

Early Life[edit]

Born in Nuevitas, Camagüey,[1] Cisneros is one of three children. His mother is a chemical engineer and his father, Omar Cisneros snr, was also a 400 m runner.[2] His father encouraged him to take up athletics, but Cisneros originally wanted to play baseball.[2] He took part in the 2004 National School Games and then the 2005 National Junior Championships. In 2006 he won his first medal at the National Junior Championships in the 400 m hurdles. At the end of that year, he joined the National Junior team under coach Ricardo Molina who still coached him in 2012.


Cisneros made his first international appearances in 2007. He began his career competing both the hurdles and the 400 metres sprint. After ran a personal best time of 46.05 seconds for the flat race at a local meeting in March, he won the national junior title in the event. He won two titles at the 2007 ALBA Games, running a national junior record of 49.57 seconds to win the 400 m hurdles before going on to help the Cuban 4×400 metres relay team take a second gold medal. He was chosen for the Cuban squad at the 2007 Pan American Games and managed to reach the semi-finals of the 400 m, although the relay team were disqualified in the heats.[3]

He decided to focus solely on the 400 m flat in 2008 and dipped under 46 seconds (45.98) to take the bronze medal at the 2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships.[4] A team comprising William Collazo, Yunier Pérez, Cisneros and Yeimer López also won the relay gold medal and their time of 3:02.10 minutes meant the team had achieved the Olympic qualifying time.[5] Cisneros won another gold with the relay team at the 2008 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics and went on to make his Olympic debut at the age of eighteen at the 2008 Beijing Games, where he ran a split of 44.36 seconds in the heats.[6]

A personal best of 45.76 seconds for the 400 m opened Cisneros' 2009 season, but it was at this point that he began to focus more on the 400 m hurdling event. He ran a personal best of 49.49 seconds to win the gold at the 2009 ALBA Games and also helped defend Cuba's relay title. At the Barrientos Memorial he improved his best by almost half a second, running a time of 48.87 seconds to become the second Cuban under 49 seconds after Yacnier Luis.[7] He was a little short of this form at July's 2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics, where he finished in fourth place, but he did win a consecutive relay gold medal for Cuba at the competition.[3] He made his individual global debut at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and came fifth in his 400 m hurdles semi-final, clocking a time of 49.21 seconds.[8]

With no major competitions scheduled for 2010, he made his debut on the Diamond League circuit, coming fifth at the Doha meeting. He won gold medals at the 2010 Ibero-American Championships in Athletics both the hurdles and relay events.[9] That July in Havana he improved his 400 m hurdles best by six tenths of a second, breaking the Cuban record held by Yacnier Luis with a run of 48.29 seconds. Two weeks later, the 20-year-old went even faster with a time of 48.21 seconds.[3] In the first half of 2011 he won the Barrientos Memorial and two European meets in Cottbus and Celle Ligure. Cisneros represented Cuba in the hurdles at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, but was some way off his best form and finished last in his semi-final with a run of 50.10 seconds.[8] In spite of this modest season, the 2011 Pan American Games in October in Guadalajara saw Cisneros reach a new career peak. He won his hurdles heat with a time of 48.99 seconds – his fastest run away from Cuban soil. Although he entered the competition with a hope of reaching the top three, he dominated the final with a national and Pan American Games record run of 47.99 seconds, finishing almost a second ahead of the minor medalists Isa Phillips and Félix Sánchez. The time made him the fifth fastest hurdler in the world that year.[10] He ended the competition with a second victory in the 4×400 m relay and the time of 2:59.43 minutes set by a team of Noel Ruíz, Yoandri Betanzos, Cisneros and Collazo was the fastest by a Cuban quartet since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, where the country won Olympic silver.[11]

At the 2012 Olympics, he competed in both the 400 m hurdles and the 4 x 400 m relay team.[6]

He finished 4th in the 400 m hurdles at the 2013 World Championships.[8]

Personal bests[edit]

  • 200 m: 21.36 s (wind: -0.1 m/s)Cuba La Habana, 9 February 2007
  • 400 m: 45.47 sItaly Padova, 2 September 2012
  • 400 m hurdles: 47.93 s NRRussia Moscow, 13 August 2013


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Cuba
2007 ALBA Games Caracas, Venezuela 1st 400 m hurdles 49.57 s
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 13th (sf) 400 m 46.62 s
2008 Ibero-American Championships Iquique, Chile 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:03.22 min
Central American and Caribbean Championships Cali, Colombia 3rd 400 m 45.98 s A
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:02.10 min A
Olympic Games Beijing, China 10th 4 × 400 m relay 3:02.24 min
2009 ALBA Games La Habana, Cuba 1st 400 m hurdles 49.49 s
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:08.17 min
Central American and Caribbean Championships La Habana, Cuba 4th 400 m hurdles 49.99 s
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:03.26 min
World Championships Berlin, Germany 11th (sf) 400 m hurdles 49.21 s
2010 Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 1st 400 m hurdles 49.19 s
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.86 min
2011 Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 1st 400 m hurdles 47.99 s A GR NR
1st 4 × 400 m relay 2:59.43 min SB
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 21st (sf) 400 m hurdles 50.10 s
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 3rd (sf) 400 m hurdles 48.23 s SB
3rd (h)1 4 × 400 m relay 3:00.55
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 4th 400m hurdles 48.12
2014 Central American and Caribbean Games Xalapa, México 1st 400m hurdles 49.56 A

1: Did not finish in the final.


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  2. ^ a b Clavelo, Javier (31 July 2012). "IAAF 'Focus on Athletes' Profile". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  3. ^ a b c Omar Cisneros. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  4. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2008-07-05). 50.98 400m victory by Cuban Terrero in Cali - CAC Champs day 1. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  5. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2008-07-07). Cuba takes overall title in Cali; last day of CAC Champs beset by torrential rains. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  6. ^ a b Omar Cisneros. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  7. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2009-06-04). Savigne, Copello and Lopez shine at Barrientos Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  8. ^ a b c Cisneros Omar. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  9. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-06-07). Murer vaults 4.85m Area Record as Cuba and Spain dominate in San Fernando – Ibero-American Championships report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.
  10. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2011-10-28). Cisneros joins sub-48 club with 47.99, Thompson soars to 2.32m - Pan American Games, Day 5. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-31.
  11. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2011-10-29). Robles 13.10, Borges 5.80m and Ibarguen 14.92m in Guadalajara - Pan American Games, Day 6. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-03.

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